Home > News > Canadians Propose Anti-Piracy Legislation • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Canadians Propose Anti-Piracy Legislation

New bill will fine, prosecute copyright infringers
Canadians Propose Anti-Piracy Legislation
Get XBIZ News
Jun 13, 2008 2:00 PM PDT    Text size: 

OTTAWA, Ontario — File-swapping Canucks could face the same legislation U.S. residents have been under since the creation of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Under new federal legislation, anyone caught illegally downloading copyrighted material will be fined a maximum of $500.

Industry Minister Jim Prentice tabled the proposed amendments to the Copyright Act in the House of Commons this week.

The proposed legislation includes new exceptions to the existing law including ones that will allow consumers to legally record TV shows and copy legally purchased music onto iPods and cellphones. Of note to file swapping consumers — an explicit ban on peer-to-peer file sharing.

Prentice said one of the impetuses behind the amendments was to balance the rights of those who hold copyright with the needs of users accessing copyright works.

"This is a unique made-in-Canada approach to copyright reform," Prentice said. "This is truly a win-win situation for Canadian consumers who use digital technology and for everyone who creates material that becomes digitally accessible."

The legislation has sparked criticism from industry experts who say it sets the stage for fines that could reach the millions and shadows the American government’s DMCA.

"So if you have music or video in your shared folder you are subject to the ordinary rules of statutory damages — which is $500 to $20,000 per work — that could be millions of dollars worth of damages," David Fewer staff council at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic told a local Canadian TV news show. Fewer added the legislation paves the way for the kind of file-sharing lawsuits that have occurred in the United States.

The new legislation would make it illegal to copy a CD or DVD if it involves breaking a so-called "digital lock" place on the material by a distributor.

“As a user with a HTPC [home theatre personal computer] I don't like the idea that I won't have the right to rip a legally purchased CD or DVD with copy protection on it to my hard drive for easy access through a media library,” WebCamCash’s Derek Smout, a Canadian citizen, told XBIZ. “What about existing files I already have and have had for years? CDs get lost, damaged, stolen. How do I account for 'licensing' gaps in my existing collection? If they want to fix the problem, they need to go after the file sharing sites. P2P can't exist without the hubs.”

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Cam World: A Good Grind Reaps Riches

For years, webcam modeling was taboo and considered by many as a dirty and raunchy activity. However, in today’s economy, webcam jobs are being accepted more and more by everyone across the globe.... More »

Cam World: Beauty on Point — Models Talk Tradecraft

Cam girls are the girls that are always on point — with the perfect make-up and perfect skin, the shiny hair and long nails. Given their expertise, I asked some of the girls from Studio 20 if they... More »

Cam World: Camming and Toys Go Hand in Hand

There is nothing more satisfying than pleasure, especially if it is sexual. The size or the presentation of the stimulus does not matter if the sensations and tension the body receives transform the way... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.


XBIZ.net Paysite Meetup

May 04 - May 04
Prague, Czech Republic

Eurowebtainment 2017

May 17 - May 20
Majorca, Spain

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!